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Climate Change News

Legal expert says draft climate proposal not unusual as ‘leaked text’ sparks anger

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th December 2009 Various news reports from the second day of the 192-nation climate change conference of the parties (COP) taking place in Copenhagen were focused on the “leaked Danish texts”, which were made public by the UK’s Guardian website on Tuesday. The text was a draft proposal for the final political... 

SA announces emissions target as climate talks start 

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th December 2009 While South Africa would continue to increase its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions until 2020, it would do so at a lesser rate - provided financial, technological, and capacity building assistance was forthcoming from developed nations, said the Presidency as the international climate change talks... 

Climate talks to get under way in Copenhagen next week

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th December 2009 Two weeks of intense negotiation will begin in Copenhagen on Monday, as governments seek to thrash out the details and come to agreement on an equitable and fair global climate change deal. South Africa would be represented at the conference by a delegation led by President Jacob Zuma, and... 

Consistency, cost and carbon emerge as key themes for 
global power vendor

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th December 2009 Power generation equipment company Hitachi focuses on increasing energy reliability and savings for power utilities, such as State-power utility Eskom. These challenges are directly related to carbon dioxide (CO2) and cost reductions, states Hitachi Japan senior project manager Motonari Haraguchi. 

Zuma to attend Copenhagen climate talks 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd December 2009 South African President Jacob Zuma would head to Copenhagen to attend the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which would start on December 7. Zuma joined the growing list of leaders in attendance at COP15. US President Barack Obama... 

SA meets with Brazil, China and India ahead of Copenhagen talks

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st December 2009 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs on Tuesday stated that the meeting of the Group of 77 (G77) countries, held in Beijing in China last week, represented a “sound starting point” for a coordinated approach of the countries at the forthcoming global climate change negotiations in... 

French finance institution gives SA carbon capture a boost   

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th November 2009 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) would become a strategic issue for the world in the future, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) CEO Jean-Michel Severino said on Friday, when the development finance institution (DFI) committed a €142 000, or R1,57-million, grant to support the development of... 

SA launches ‘greening' strategy for 2010 World Cup

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th November 2009 South Africa's FIFA 2010 World Cup organising committee (OC), together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the event host cities, on Thursday launched the national ‘greening 2010' framework, which aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of the sporting spectacular.... 

Copenhagen climate talks checklist released 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2009 The international Climate Action Network has released a report outlining what would be needed for a successful climate deal, and covers mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, and the legal architecture aspects of a potential agreement. The check list is titled 'Fair, Ambitious and Binding... 

Sasol's emissions fell in 2009 in line with the economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2009 JSE-listed energy and chemicals producer Sasol decreased its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 71,3-million tons in 2009 as compared with 73,6-million tons in 2008, the company revealed in its 2009 sustainable development report, which was released on Friday. However, it said that its... 

Companies partner to launch office automation carbon offset programme

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th November 2009 Turnkey environmental sustainability solutions company impactCoice and office automation solutions company Itec Central have partnered to launch a verifiable and guaranteed carbon offset programme, which is a first in the office automation industry. 

Responding to 
climate change

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Winery Nederburg’s viticultural team is currently involved in a range of vineyard management strategies in response to climate change. 

Green logistics critical for business

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Diversified logistics company Imperial Logistics reports that there is a growing interest, awareness and maturity around the business necessity for green logistics and aims to place this environment-friendly trend higher on its business agenda. 

Hopes for ambitious climate agreement at Copenhagen fade

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th November 2009 Shifting from an optimistic standpoint in August, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday stated that it appears to be “increasingly unlikely” that the conference of the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the meeting of the... 

SA delays release of draft climate policy to March

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th November 2009 South Africa’s draft zero climate change policy, which was due to be released by the Department of Environmental Affairs by the end of September, has been postponed, as the department deployed the majority of its resources into supporting negotiating standpoints related to international climate... 

Africa badly lagging its water, sanitation targets 

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2009 Only 26 countries were on track to meet their targeted Millennium Development (MDG) goals on water and six for sanitation, African Minister' Council on Water (AMCOR) general secretary Bai-mass Taal told the second Africa Water week on Monday.  

Africa united at climate change negotiations, determined to avoid getting a ‘raw deal’

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th November 2009 Determined not to get a “raw deal”, Africa has emerged with “the most unified voice” compared with other negotiating blocs at the current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Barcelona negotiations. African negotiators in Barcelona on Thursday told journalists in... 

New legislation with increased penalties for environmental trespassers 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) reports that it is gearing up for the implementation of a new law, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act. The department had hoped the act would have been in force by September, but it has been delayed to early next year. However,... 

SA businesses to feel climate change impacts

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz reports that climate change and all its associated effects are going to have a significant effect on South African businesses. 

Fuel giant drives 
risk assessment 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Energy company Engen has introduced a risk assessment profiling (RAP) tool as part of its five-year spill intervention programme to further drive its zero tolerance on fuel spillage and leakage. 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Corrugated pallets to help reduce carbon footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2009 Corrugated pallet manufacturer CX Pallets, located in Johannesburg, reports that there is ever increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint and incorporate more environment-friendly products in the supply chain. 

‘Fresh money’ needed for technology transfer at December climate talks – Norway

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th October 2009 Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim has reaffirmed that “there must be fresh money on the table at Copenhagen for technology transfer and adaptation schemes”. Solheim was addressing South African journalists visiting Norway, and discussed the highly... 

Lack of political will threatens Copenhagen climate talks 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2009 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that a lack of political will could divert the world from achieving a climate deal in Copenhagen, with WWF Global Climate Initiative leader Kim Carstensen saying that Copenhagen should not become another Doha, for which negotiations have continued for... 

Global body launches alternative-fuels service

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 A dramatic growth is expected worldwide in the use of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles, more than doubling their use in the next decade in helping address the issues of climate change and energy security, according to the International Fuel Quality... 

Second-generation biofuels on the brink of commercial breakthrough, says study

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 Pretreatment and gasification technologies are on the verge of making second-generation biofuels a commercial reality, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled ‘Worldwide Market Analysis of Second Generation Biofeedstock’. 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Group aims to 
curb emissions

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Sasol has set tough targets to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in existing and new coal-to-liquids processes. To achieve these goals, Sasol CEO Pat Davies has indicated that the group would invest significantly in carbon capture and storage... 

Firms increase carbon transparency as SA moves to make practice mandatory 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 South African resources and industrial groups, many of which are involved in what would be considered highly carbon-intensive business activities, featured strongly in the top 15 positions of the 2009 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report, which was topped by banking group Nedbank. The report,... 

2010 soccer World Cup emissions to soar – Minister

By: Reuters     19th October 2009 Carbon emissions from next year's soccer World Cup are expected to soar from the 2006 benchmark set by Germany, but host South Africa said on Monday it would invest in carbon credits to mitigate the impact. Emissions accelerate global warming and major sports events, including the Olympics and... 

Findings of ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report’ 
to be discussed at November conference

By: Leandi Kolver     16th October 2009 The majority of South Africa’s companies are not implementing environmentally sustainable business strategies, according to TerraNova Research’s ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report 2009’.


Cape Town susceptible to effects of sea level rise – new study

By: Jade Davenport     16th October 2009 Global climate change predictions suggest that, amongst others, sea level rise and an increase in the intensity and frequency of storm events may have a significant impact on coastlines across the globe.  

Insurers have role to play in 
climate change mitigation

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 The report named ‘The Climate Risk Challenge - The role of insurance in pricing climate-related risks’, explains that there is a strong need to create a structure of sustainable, market-friendly incentives for climate risk adaptation and mitigation. 

SA has signficant bioenergy production capability – academic

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 South Africa has the intellectual capital and natural resources to produce renewable bioenergy to power cars, contribute to the national power grid and create thousands of jobs, according to Stellenbosch University’s Professor Johann Görgens. 

Companies lauded for 
being open about their 
carbon footprints

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Insurance company Allianz, energy company Consolidated Edison, infrastructure systems provider EMC, home, health and personal-care product supplier Reckitt Benckiser, technology producer Siemens, chemicals group BASF, airplane maker Boeing and network provider Cisco Systems were among the global... 

Busa calls for sustainable and balanced climate change deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2009 Business should play a positive role in creating a new global climate change agreement that would be “sustainable and more successful than the Kyoto Protocol”, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC’s) global... 

WWF calls for strict global ‘carbon budget’

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Coinciding with the global climate change discussions currently taking place in Bangkok, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Friday released an offering to governments for discussion, entitled ‘Sharing the effort under a global carbon budget’, and called for strict implementation of a global... 

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